13th Annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2019 Schedule
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8:00-8:45 pmHody NemesSanctuaryGoats, Stones, & Cigarettes: Jewish Approaches to Climate ChangeClimate change presents an unprecedented challenge to humanity. Can our tradition offer any insight in choosing how we respond to it? Dive into three rabbinic texts that address the "tragedy of the commons"...and consider religion's role in addressing modern political quandaries.
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CANCELLEDBeit MidrashYouth TrackCANCELLED
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10:15-10:45 introAshreinu (Katie Rice-Guter & Rachel Cherrick)SanctuaryNiggun CollectiveExperiential: Gathering of folks to sing niggunim together
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11:00-11:45 session 1Rabbi Tracy Nathan & Rabbi Scott SlarskeySanctuary
No Shortcuts: Torah on the Road in the Babylonian Talmud Eruvin 53b-54a
Text-based discussion on Talmud Bavli 53b-54a
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Joanie TerrizziBeit MidrashAccording to our Ability: A Mindfulness Experience TBD
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Harold Braswell, PhDBayitFrom the ADA to Wyschogrod: Judaism and Disability StudiesThis talk will trace the relationship of disability and Judaism through the lens of the field of disability studies. I will examine how disability studies—and the larger disability rights movement—arose via a rejection of religion in general. I will then discuss how current disability studies scholars have applied contemporary analytics to classic Jewish texts. I will conclude with an analysis of the work of theologian Michael Wyschogrod, whose Orthodox approach to Judaism marks a suggestive new departure point for disability studies.
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Rabbi Ben Greenfield
Auditorium Beit Midrash
Shalhevet Sunday Night Talmud -- Megilla 13aBeit Midrash Session. Jump in with us, as we continue our study through Tractate Megillah. We're at a fascinating section, where the Talmud cites Midrash after Midrash on the Esther story.
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12:00-12:45 session 2Rabbi Noah ArnowSanctuaryWherever the Midrash Will Go, We Will GoMidrash often meanders through biblical texts as it makes its points. We'll follow a midrash (Ruth Rabbah Petichta 2) along it's winding course, enjoying the sights and the journey, allowing distractions, detours, and digressions, as we make our way through Proverbs and prophets, Psalms and Talmud, to the opening verse of the Book of Ruth.
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Alan NemesBeit Midrash"Shir Shavuot" Song SessionInspired by our beloved "Shir Shabbat" dinners, join us in communal midnight song, with a focus on songs associated with Shavuot. Mainly singing!, but we'll also introduce and give some context for this Shavuot songs!
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Dr. Rebecca J. Epstein-LeviBayitADHD Agaddah: Talmud and NeurodiversityWhat does Talmud have to do with neurodivergences like ADHD and autism? In this session we'll explore how the forms of thinking we find in the Babylonian Talmud--and some of the disciplines of self-formation we find there as well--resonate with some of the ways neurodivergent minds might function.
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Rabbi Daniel Bogard
Auditorium Beit Midrash
The Power of Hate: Reading Kamtza and Bar Kamtza TodayJoin Rabbi Daniel Bogard of CRC as we look at the classic story of "why the Temple was destroyed" with an eye toward the power of hate to magnify and multiply hate.
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1:00-1:45 session 3Moshe CohenSanctuaryPesach Sheini: A Case Study in Second ChancesWe will look at the original story of how Pesach Sheini (a second Passover) came to be and what it means for second chances in religious life.
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Becky Nelson-ZooleBeit MidrashPirkei AvotIt's the only tractate of the Talmud to have no halacha. Instead, this little book discusses the fundamental ethical principles of Judaism.
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Rabbi Randy FleisherBayitJacob/Esau and the Urban/Rural DivideJoin Rabbi Randy for a text study ranging from Torah to Philip Roth; from Midrash to Barack Obama, all in an attempt to learn to embrace one another despite our differences.
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Rabbi Scott Shafrin
Auditorium Beit Midrash
Tzimtzum As A Spiritual Practice"Beit Midrash Session": The act of tzimtzim, of God's spiritual withdrawing from the void, has been seen by centuries of Jewish mystics as an essential part of the ongoing process of creation. But what can it teach us about the way we can approach our own spiritual path through the world? Join in a lively discussion about the ways we can make a huge impact on the world through both our strong actions as well as our strong absence.
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2:00-2:45 session 4Rabbi Ben GreenfieldBayitMidrash + Merlot: Giving of the Torah EditionWe'll explore mind-bending, colorful, theologically expanding Midrashim on what it was like to receive the Torah at Sinai.
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Dr. Wendy Love AndersonSanctuaryHer Mother's House: the "Beit Em" in Tanakh and MidrashWhether in ancient or modern Hebrew, a household is a "beit av" - literally, a "father's house." But there are three places in Tanakh where a "mother's house" appears instead: Bereshit (Genesis), Shir ha-Shirim (Song of Songs), and Ruth. This session will explore what it means to go to or return to one's "mother's house," and how it relates to other underlying themes of Shavuot.
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Rabbi Shulamit CenkerBeit Midrash"Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of ... Happiness"Moving our life conversations from 'survive' to 'thrive,' placing human and communal well-being as the central purpose of Jewish living in the 21st century. Where are the textual sources for this value in Judaism? And how are contemporary individuals and communities moving forward to teach positivity in the world - near and far?
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Open Beit Midrash
Auditorium Beit Midrash
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3:00 -3:45 session 5Rabbi Daniel BogardSanctuaryThe Four Who Went to PardesThere are four who went on a mystic journey--one lost their mind, one lost their life, one because a heretic, and one came back whole. Join Rabbi Daniel Bogard as we make our way through this story, and delve into questions of the limits of our knowledge, what happens when the truths that we build our life upon turn out to be wrong, and how we should respond to great teachings that come from problematic people.
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Harold Braswell, PhDBeit MidrashDebating Dying: Bioethics and the “Right to Die”This talk will examine contemporary debates about the “right to die” in the field of bioethics. A particular focus will be the challenge made to the field by disability rights activists, who argue that bioethical arguments about dying reinforce existing discrimination against disabled people. I will conclude with a brief discussion of how approaches to the “right to die” within Jewish theology might be integrated into—and benefit from an engagement with—this larger debate.
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Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael
Auditorium Beit Midrash
What Keeps the Torah Alive? Diving In to a Talmudic TextIn this beit midrash session, we will dive in to a sugya from the Talmud that asks the question: what does it take to keep the Torah alive and relevant in our world. We will take a deep dive in to a single text and work closely with the original Hebrew/Aramaic. Tools and support will be provided for learners of all text backgrounds.
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4:00-4:45 session 6Rabbi Daniel BogardSanctuaryThe Four Who Went to PardesThis is a continuation of the 3:00 am session. All are welcome to join even if they did not attend the previous session.
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Rabbi Ben Greenfield
Auditorium Beit Midrash
The World Famous Torah History of St Louis: Can You Build an Eruv in America?The World Famous Torah History of St Louis: Can You Build an Eruv in America? Ask STL. An Eruv creates a Jewish public space -- so how can you build one in the middle of a non-Jewish metropolis? America's first attempt sent shockwaves to Jerusalem, as two St Louis rabbis squared off in an international fight about pedestrian rights, newfangled technology, and who "owns" public space in a democracy.
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Underlined classes are all “open beit midrash” sessions
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